ARGH!!!! RIP Video Card.

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  1. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    My wife called me the other night and says that she was browsing the web and the computer shut off, so I told her to turn it back on, she says that the green light is still on but the monitor says, "Power Saving Mode".

    I tell her to switch off the computer, when it comes back up she says it has "blocks" all over the screen, so I tell her to turn it back off.

    I came home, turned it back on and everything seemed fine. Then the next morning it's the same thing, monitor is getting no signal but the computer is still on, so I shut it off and back on, when it comes back up the damn thing looks like when you would plug in a dirty Nintendo cartridge, lines on the screen and all the letters looked like garbage, as soon as it got to the Windows loading screen the monitor would cut off.

    So I take the card out and cleaned it, got all the dust off the heatsink, etc, plug it back in and still have the same problem, so I let it sit for a few hours, try again and still have the same problem.

    So now I switch back to the onboard video and everything seems fine until the screen saver comes on, then the damn monitor cuts off, just like how the problem started with my video card, the computer also randomly crashes and every diagnostic points to the video drivers, so I reinstall them, nothing, same thing.

    I eventually reinstalled windows XP (which was a pain in the ass because while I didn't lose any of my files, all of the programs I had installed now think that they are not installed anymore) - the problem went away, so I tried putting my old card back in and now nothing happens at all (no video even during the POST) when I turn on the computer with the card installed, I'm guessing it's completely fried.

    JUST GREAT.
     
  2. Soundblaster1

    Soundblaster1 The Heisenberg of Toys

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    At least you don't think your processor is shot... When that goes (if it's going) I'm screwed.

    Hopefully you can get a new one before too long.
     
  3. jourdo

    jourdo TFW2005 Supporter

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    But how will you view all the wonderful porn???

    My condolences for the card. Seems kind of wierd the way it went though.
     
  4. MegaMoonMan

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    Unless you are into some uber-gaming, it should be easy to get a cheap card. I've got a few lying around.
     
  5. Sokar

    Sokar Well-Known Member

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    have you tried adding some oil to the bearings on the fan for the video card?

    I've had to do that with 2 of my 3 ati cards that I've used. You just peel back the sticker on the top of the fan and add some sewing machine oil to the bearing. Spin the fan around a bit with your finger and try it again.

    I had the same type of problem with my video cards before, and doing that worked. I still use them in my computers, despite futureshop saying they were shot and not worth fixing.
     
  6. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    I'm looking into a GeForce 7300GT, it should have enough oomph for the games I play.
     
  7. Dark_Rage

    Dark_Rage Jaded Member

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    He's still got ze porn!

    Losing all your programs and windows user preferences is a bitch though.

    It's like losing your a** groove to a sofa seat, you gotta start all over again.
     
  8. MegaPrime33

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    I hate when hardware goes bad. When my wife and I were in the hospital having our baby, came home, turned my PC on and got nothing but system errors. The harddrive blew. Luckily I have a second HD where I save everything I need and want.
     
  9. Predaking

    Predaking Well-Known Member

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    My 3D card is pretty much shot too. My PC would restart randomly when I am playing WoW. I've been putting it off replacing it since I am taking few months break to help with the newborn but I'll have to get it eventually. Sigh.
     
  10. Gears

    Gears buh-buh-body ya Veteran

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    Bummer dude.
     
  11. ShockWave_AZ

    ShockWave_AZ Shock and Awe

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    I had a video card, ATI x600 only 4 months old, go bad while playing City of Villians. It took out the PCI express slot on the motherboard too! I replaced it with a NVIDIA 7800GTX and that card is mini-god!

    From that point on I will never buy another ATI card again.
     
  12. Frognal

    Frognal Prodigal Son Returned

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    It could also be a failing power supply.
     

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